World Resources Institute Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Great internship experience at WRI

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Media Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at World Resources Institute (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I found the internship on a whim and it was one of my favorite experiences in college. Everyone was very kind, open and supportive. I learned a lot from various people around the organization and in the department I worked in. The work they do is inspiring.

    Cons

    I don't really have anything bad to say.


  2. Overall Review

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    Former Employee - Intern/Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern/Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great if one is interested in working towards real change in environmental and social issues

    Cons

    Workload can be choking Management level was distant and slow in decision making Little or no coordination between the various depts

    Advice to Management

    Quicken decision making process Encourage interdepartmental relations Little chance for real growth within the organisation, but it's a strong place to start one's career


  3. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    WRI was my first job out of college. I loved it there. Job location was excellent, easy to get to because of its proximity to the train station, and good pay. Professional Development opportunities were plenty.

    Cons

    I don't have much to say that's bad about WRI.


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  5. Great research and staff, terrible management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Resources Institute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work and research going on at WRI is top notch and the staff is exceptionally smart and talented.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management. Noncompetitive salaries.

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to require managers to undergo management training and promote managers for their management skills, not their research or expertise. Junior staff need to be offered more competitive salaries and clearer promotion paths, otherwise turnover (which is extremely disruptive to the work at its current rate) will persist and WRI will continue to lose young talent. Overall, the institute needs to focus more on professional development and retention.


  6. Good for 2 - 4 years

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A good place for fresh grads and young professionals to start their careers

    Cons

    Less competitive pay Bad promotion system

    Advice to Management

    Stop turning WRI into a consulting firm Start to learn about what our actual projects are


  7. Incredibly talented staff, groundbreaking work, some growing pains.

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at World Resources Institute

    Pros

    Fast-paced, international work at the forefront of global climate policy. Very talented staff, most people are an absolute pleasure to work with. It's definitely improving in terms of organizational structure.

    Cons

    HR and finance/admin is a bit of a nightmare to deal with. Had to fight them for weeks to get my paychecks right, which is tough as an intern. No benefits, low wage. Staff is currently crammed into the office (although it will be expanding soon).

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns at a fair rate. While it could definitely be worse, other think tanks of similar size are paying more and including benefits. And consider making the default internship period longer. There's not much you can get done in 3 months.


  8. Terrible management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great PTO, some smart and wonderful people

    Cons

    Horrendous management. Senior level people get away with harassment with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Leads to high turnover among non-senior staff

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding bad behavior


  9. Smart, interesting people.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Resources Institute

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Travel to amazing places and work on interesting projects.

    Cons

    Can feel disorganized at times.


  10. Positive and Incredibly Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at World Resources Institute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Incredible depth in terms of exposure to various global economic and environmental issues Intelligent, passionate individuals with lots of great ideas Great work culture Outcomes feel meaningful

    Cons

    Can be somewhat cliquey, difficult to get to know individuals outside of your department


  11. Excellent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at World Resources Institute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great community, great co-workers, amazing PTO

    Cons

    Poor maternity leave and low pay relative to peer organizations



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